LinkedInsider Top Hits: Selling & Sales Navigator

Whether or not your official title includes the word “sales,” most of us sell in some way. From pitching your product or service to a new customer to recruiting a new team member or getting buy-in on an idea, having sharp sales skills can help you achieve your professional goals. If you’re looking for some inspiration or a new way to tackle your latest sales challenge, explore this curated round-up of “top hits” on selling and Sales Navigator to find the support you need. 

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Have you ever hit a wall in your recruiting or sales approach? You’re not alone. While it can be frustrating to feel like you’re not making traction, sometimes all it takes is a new approach. This article will help you gain clarity with a prospect or candidate just by asking the right questions. 

A 4-Step Sales Navigator Approach to Find Your Targets

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Work-Life Balance: Does It Exist And How To Find It

It’s the mythical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. A pig with wings. The unicorn of the working world. You may know it as the all-elusive “work-life” balance. Everyone’s talking about it—how they need it and want it, but the question remains, does it even exist? 

My take is this: yes, work-life balance exists, but it’s not a destination; it’s a constant quest. In fact, it’s really more of a mindset. I say this as someone who admittedly is not the world’s expert on finding balance between work and life. However, after hitting full-on burnout a few years ago and living to tell the tale, I’ve learned a thing or two. I know how to prioritize balance, and (hopefully), how to avoid hitting my breaking point again.

My take is this: yes, work-life balance exists, but it’s not a destination; it’s a constant quest.

Here’s my recipe for work-life balance: 

 

1. TREAT VACATION...

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Hidden Gems: LinkedIn’s Most Forgotten Yet Powerful Features

Have you ever noticed a store or house along your commute for the first time, even though it’s been there forever? Or perhaps, you just recently discovered a keyboard shortcut that’s new to you, but not new at all. It’s amazing how much we miss right under our noses. So often, we get stuck in the rut of our own way of doing things that we totally miss out on something interesting or exciting in the process. 

LinkedIn can be a lot like this for many of my clients. They have their bearings in certain areas of the platform, but they neglect to recognize some of the best parts of using LinkedIn. Of course, there will always be interface changes and new settings, but my favorite little-known features of LinkedIn are tried and true and (hopefully) not going anywhere anytime soon. 

Here’s my list of LinkedIn’s hidden gems. Are you already making the most of these cool little tips and tricks? If not, mix it up this week and give them a try. 

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Why LinkedIn’s Featured Section Is Worth More Than 1,000 Words

One of the most common mistakes I see on LinkedIn is when people essentially copy and paste their resumes into their profiles and call it a day. Comparing your resume to your LinkedIn profile is a little like comparing a picture to a movie. Sure there are some similarities between the two, but LinkedIn’s capabilities to communicate a more engaging, interactive story are so much greater than a resume. Used correctly, LinkedIn’s dynamic visual features can add depth, create connections, and support a clearer understanding of who you are. 

“Comparing your resume to your LinkedIn profile is a little like comparing a picture to a movie.”

One of the best and most prominent areas of your profile to take advantage of this capacity of LinkedIn is the “Featured” section. Directly after the Intro and About sections of your profile comes the Featured section. Because it falls toward the top of your profile, before your work experience and other...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Have A “Feel-Good Folder”

We’ve all had a bad day, a moment of insecurity, or a sales conversation that didn’t go as planned. It’s tough, sometimes, to gain perspective when you’re down in the dumps about who you are or what you do. Enter what I like to call the “feel-good” folder. The idea of a feel-good folder is simple—it’s simply a repository of kind words from friends, colleagues, and clients that made your day. 

Your feel-good folder could be an actual folder full of printed emails, cards, and letters, or a folder in your email inbox. Alternatively, it might not be a folder at all. Instead, it could be a photo album on your phone where you save screenshots of emails and texts that mean a lot to you. You could even use LinkedIn’s built-in feel-good folder of sorts—the recommendations section of your profile. I even use audio testimonials, where former clients share short recordings about their experiences working with me and my team. So,...

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10 Must-Have Digital Tools For Teams

In the years since I’ve started my business, I’ve played the part of Goldilocks, trying many different technology options to craft my perfect “stack.” My search for the best digital tools has stemmed in part from the growth of my small-but-mighty team. We work from several different locations, so finding the most efficient, reliable, and easy-to-use tools has been key to helping us collaborate well. 

While we’re always open to trying something new, our current suite of digital tools feels juuuust right. If you’re in the market for a new tool or you’re still learning how to finesse a hybrid or remote team, these 10 products should be at the top of your list to try. We mostly use the paid versions of these tools; however, I would also recommend their free counterparts as a way to test out key features.

 

BEST FOR COMMUNICATION & COLLABORATION

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  • How We Use It: My team and I use Slack...

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3 Things To Know About LinkedIn's Creator Mode

I can never get too comfortable because LinkedIn loves to keep me on my toes! Every time I turn around, it seems that LinkedIn has added a new feature or function. One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed is LinkedIn’s new creator mode. Perhaps you’ve seen the feature within the Resources section of your profile. 

In case you missed it, creator mode is a LinkedIn profile setting intended to help you grow and reach your LinkedIn audience. Originally, it was only available to select users, but now, anyone can take advantage of it.  

I have to confess, when I first received access to creator mode, I didn’t love it. Now, looking back, I realize I didn’t like it because I didn’t understand it. I coach my clients all the time that new doesn’t mean bad—it just means it may take some getting used to and learning. 

I decided to listen to my own advice and try it for a while before I made up my mind. Now...

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It’s (Still) Okay To Be Awesome

Back in 2019,  I published an article on LinkedIn I’ve since referred to as, “It’s Okay to Be Awesome.” It’s all about the power of LinkedIn recommendations. In the time since I first wrote that article, I’ve had dozens, maybe hundreds, of conversations with clients about this often overlooked feature.

Recommendations are especially overlooked by my clients who work in an environment where compliance must be taken into account. It’s true that a small handful of people cannot use LinkedIn recommendations, like folks with a Series 65 license. However, most clients I serve, including those who work in highly regulated industries like financial services, can take advantage of LinkedIn recommendations, as long as they submit the recommendations they receive to a compliance portal like Hearsay Social for approval. 

Of all the LinkedIn profiles I’ve transformed and all the leaders, executives, salespeople, and entrepreneurs...

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5 Common Myths People Believe About LinkedIn Engagement

Every now and then, I meet a LinkedIn skeptic—someone who understands the importance of a professional profile but doesn’t see the value of actually engaging on the platform. By now, I think I’ve heard all the excuses, from lack of time to doubt about the impact. Do you fall into the skeptic camp? Allow me the opportunity to change your mind. 

MYTH 1:  UNLESS I’M SELLING SOMETHING, ENGAGING ON LINKEDIN WON’T BENEFIT ME. 

If you’re not already active on LinkedIn, my question to you is, “How else are you staying on people’s radar?” Even beyond the sales benefits (which are many!), staying top of mind is helpful for all sorts of business reasons. Just by seeing your face and name on their feed, your colleagues and connections are more likely to remember you when they have a new opportunity, connection, or idea to share that could propel your career or business. 

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Grow Your Network Faster With Sales Navigator

I recently asked our social media account followers what they want to do better this year, as it relates to LinkedIn. So many of you told me you need help networking. That’s no surprise, because no matter where you are in your career, networking is an essential part of leveling up what you do. 

When it comes to networking on LinkedIn, I’d be remiss not to talk about Sales Navigator. If you’re trying to grow your network, professional contacts or prospects, Sales Navigator can help you do that more efficiently at a larger scale. I’ve rounded up the questions I hear most about Sales Navigator. See how my Sales Navigator philosophy can help you get the most bang for your buck, whether you’re considering buying a Sales Navigator subscription or you’re an existing subscriber looking to improve the way you use your tools. 

 

IS SALES NAVIGATOR WORTH IT? 

Sales Navigator is one of several paid individual subscriptions LinkedIn...

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